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Friday, December 14, 2018 – Where Have You Gone Joe DiMaggio?

Friday, December 14, 2018 – Where Have You Gone Joe DiMaggio?

Oops. Wrong sport. Where have you gone Snarky Football Friday?

It is difficult to snark about college football when no games are being played. But tomorrow kicks off the Bowl Games. Here’s a quick reminder to assist you in your viewing of the increasingly growing number of college bowl games with stupid names. The further away from New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day the game is, the crappier the teams and games. In fact, some of these should be called Bowel Games. But hey it’s football.

Tomorrow we begin with the New Mexico Bowl Game between Utah State and North Texas on ESPN at 1:00. This is Utah State University whose mascot is Big Blue and not the Utes or the Cougars from BYU. I actually thought Big Blue was Michigan, but maybe Joseph or Brigham took the name with them. Big Blue is one of those anthropomorphic mascots (i.e. a person in a costume). At one time the university actually had a real live bull that was painted blue. But I think the Donner Party ate it. In spite of Utah State being a land grant school and thus Aggies, I’m going with Eagles of UNT.

In an instate battle between Louisiana schools we have the Autonation Cure Bowl between Tulane and Louisiana at 12:30 on CBSSN. The Green Wave versus Ragin Cajuns. This is being played in Camping World Stadium, but it is in Orlando Florida. However, I do not like to camp and watch football. I do like the name of this bowl – the Autonation Cure. Because I think the nation definitely needs some curing so I hope this helps.

In the Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl we find Arizona State (no that is not Sumlin’s school) and Fresno State 2:30 ABC. Should be colorful costumes and/or uniforms.

Raycon Media Camellia Bowl Georgia Southern State University and Eastern Michigan University at 4:30 on ESPN. HWIT – PETA should be alerted because this means GASO versus EMU so it sounds like the emus are in danger of being gassed. Also, I Googled Raycom and only found headphones/earbuds. So I do not know why there a football bowl game named after headphones and the wife of Prince Charles’ of England.

At 8:00 on ESPN we have Middle Tennessee and Appalachian State in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. I don’t what the R+L Carriers carry, but who cares? The game is in New Orleans. We can all have gumbo and cocktails and pretend we are in NOLA!

There are more bowl games next week. I must research the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl. Cheribundi? Is this Al Bundy’s sister? Perhaps it is similar to Cowabunga from the old Tarzan films.

Happy weekend. Stay warm.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 – Renew the Rivalry?

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 – Renew the Rivalry?

Renew the Rivalry between Texas A&M and THE University of Texas by LAW. WHAT?

State Representative and Aggie, Lyle Larson, filed HB 412 for the 86th Texas Legislature that requires the two universities to schedule an annual nonconference football game the fourth Thursday, Friday of Saturday of November.

HWIT – Waste of paper; waste of time; and LSU and the SEC may have plenty to say about that date.

I would not be opposed to a game at a neutral site. Jerry World would probably like to host it. It would be good for recruiting, but I do not think legislation is needed to make it happen.

It seems that Alabama and Auburn did not play one another for decades due to contract disputes. It seemed to work out ok for both of those schools. Representative Larson wants to avoid such a situation. HWIT, I would rather not play THE University of Texas ever again if it meant the Texas Aggies would take over as annual number one with multiple national championships.

Monday, October 29, 2018 – My Monday After Saturday College Football Awards – Week Nine

Monday, October 29, 2018 – My Monday After Saturday College Football Awards – Week Nine

Let’s just start and give every team that played a Butt Ugly Award and a Poopy Undies Award.

The first trophy goes to Kansas for snapping a 38 game October losing streak. The At Last a Victory Parade trophy goes to Kansas. Rock Chalk Jayhawk – Kansas and TCU 27-26. Now Kansas, go play basketball.

In the Heartbreak Category, Second place in The Yogi Berra and Ain’t Over till It’s Over Award goes to the Iowa Hawkeyes for throwing an interception in the final moments to lose to Penn State 24 to 30.

And the first place award for The Yogi Berra Award for It’ Ain’t Over Till It’s Over Award goes to Kentucky. The What Just Happened Award? goes to Missouri. With no time left on the clock after a pass interference call, Kentucky scores on the last play to win 15 to 14.

Oklahoma State University 38 THE University of Texas 35.The Linda Ronstadt Award goes to Oklahoma State because Mr. Cornelius blew by you! Kudos to the throw-back uniforms for Oklahoma State. It is always hard to tell if THE University of Texas wears throw backs uniforms or not. I award several awards to the Horns. T. Herman wins the Exploding Head Coach Award for running and screaming onto the field of play to no avail.

http://https://www.foxsports.com/college-football/video/1355044419675

It was reported that players were crying in the locker room. There’s no crying in football either! And the Horns are not in a League of Their Own. And a really pissed off West Virginia is coming to Austin. Alert all the sofas at the thrift stores. They will burn next weekend.

For the Florida Gators, I award the Red Sails in the Sunset Award as you slowly fade away into next year with your loss to Georgia 17 to 36.

Also fading away are the Texas Aggies. I award them Hey! It’s Not as Bad as Last Year (Yet) trophy. Our punishment is having to play Auburn on the road at 11:00 next Saturday.

Tomorrow the Official committee makes their selections for the first ranking of football teams. This will eventually lead to the Who’s In? the Championship bracket. Tune in on ESPN at 7:00 (I think). RL, you know ND will be number three so prepare yourself for you spitting, cussing fit.

Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox for winning the World Series. We’ll see you next year in Houston!

Eat, Pray and Vote

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 – The Results

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 – The Results

And the winner of The Great American Read is:

To Kill a Mockingbird, Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Harper Lee published in 1960. It is the required novel of ninth grade English classes.

The literary genre is southern gothic, coming-of-age fiction and bildungsroman.

Since I had no idea what bildungsroman means I figured you did not know either. Here you go. Try to use it in your daily conversation today.

Bildungsroman is a noun meaning a novel dealing with one person’s formative years or spiritual education.

If you have never read this classic, read it now. If you have read it multiple times, read it again. This is especially true in these troubled times we are experiencing.

Perhaps you can read it while you wait in line to cast your ballot for your candidates in the mid-term elections. Please vote and exercise your right. Remember people die every day for our right to do this. Everyone should have the freedom to make their voice heard. Right, Scout?

Sunday Morning, October 14, 2018 – Robert Edward Lee

Sunday Morning, October 14, 2018 – Robert Edward Lee

As Kris Kristofferson sang I am probably wasting my time “talking to the people who don’t listen to the things that I am saying, thinking someone’s gonna care.” But I am going to try.

If the only attribute you know about Robert E. Lee is that he was a Confederate General and leader of the Confederate Army during the American Civil War, then as they say “You don’t know jack.”

Note: Academic regalia now on. I do not care if you consider your political views conservative or liberal. When one studies history, you are taught to never evaluate a time period of the past with the social values held today. It is always 20/20 vision when looking backwards in history. Therefore any statements today regarding any individual and the social mores and values of over 150 years ago should be considered null and void historically or accurately taken into the historical context of the time period.

What else do you know about Robert E. Lee? If you do have an interest in this great individual, I encourage you to read this book entitled Lee-The Last Years by Charles Bracelen Flood.

It begins when Lee leaves Appomattox and begins his journey home to Richmond on Traveller. Horse lovers, Traveller plays a critical role in Lee’s life and in history. He is mentioned prominently in the book and died shortly after his owner. Note: Lee preferred the British spelling with two “L’s” rather than the American spelling with one.

You can follow Lee’s short, but intense journey as president of Washington College in Virginia – now Washington and Lee University. The reforms he made at the college in curriculum, instruction and the educational administration of an institution of higher education were visionary and standard setting for colleges and universities of the South today.

Among the many rebuilding and reform efforts for the Commonwealth of Virginia and Washington College, he oversaw the building of the chapel on campus because he was a deeply religious man and wanted the college to reflect Christian beliefs. His angst regarding the loss of his United States’ citizenship and the constant possibility of a trial for treason certainly added to his early death.

As the author of Lee points out, “if Lee were not remembered for his military leadership, he would be remembered as a great educational leader.” Perhaps, we should try to remember him that way. It might be less dividing.

Academic regalia off now. Happy Sunday.

Tuesday, October 02, 2018 – Tuesday Thoughts and Three Things I Did Not Know

Tuesday, October 02, 2018 – Tuesday Thoughts and Three Things I Did Not Know

Here are three things I did not know.

I did not know I would need to consult the Urban Dictionary to define Devil’s Triangle and Boofing when learning about a Supreme Court nominee. I wonder if those terms will be in future history books. How does a history teacher deal with these type current events? Maybe Boofing could be taught in health class. I don’t know.

All of this written in the high school yearbook and told in college antics.

The worst I have in my high school yearbook is somebody wrote about a group of us wrapping somebody’s house in toilet paper one night on Halloween. FYI – My mother already knew about it and I was pretty sure I was grounded at the time and the yearbook reminder was not needed.

For all of my high school friends and all of my college friends – especially sorority sisters and fraternity friends – please know as far as I know any one of you can qualify for the Supreme Court.

Here is another thing I did not know.

Technology has just gone bat crap crazy. There are objects called Sex Robots. When I hear the term robot, I think of R2D2 or C3PEO or even the robot maid on The Jetson’s. A sex robot brothel is trying to locate in Houston. With Houston’s no zoning laws or ordinances it will probably be located in same block as an elementary school, massage parlor, gun store and a church. I am going to have to consult The Urban Dictionary again. There are so many things I did not know about this and quite frankly I do not want to know. I am pretty sure that no one who goes there or purchases a robot will run for public office or a hold high level decision-making position. But you never know. Frankly, I would rather have a robot maid.

Here is the last thing for today that I did not know.

If you eat a chocolate cupcake with blue icing, it will turn your poo poo green. Try it and see. Made you laugh, didn’t it?

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 –Florence and I Can Name That Poem in Nine Words

Water, water, everywhere,

And all the boards did shrink;

Water, water, everywhere,

Nor any drop to drink.

If you said Rime of the Ancient Mariner, you are correct. You win an all-expense paid trip to Puerto Rico. Now for the trip to the Kentucky coast following Hurricane Florence, name the author.

As we have been informed Hurricane Florence is “big and wet.” I am certainly not a meteorologist, but I do not think I have ever heard of a “dry hurricane.” I have heard of “dry heaves” from a hurricane.

I Googled (I hate it when a noun turns into a verb) “water gods and goddesses” to find there are hundreds from different cultures. I was hoping to find something the residents and soon to be former residents of Florence’s targeted areas could lash out in anger.

The closest I found was the ancient Greeks who would tell you that the God on which to pin the stormy weather would be Poseidon, God of the Sea. According to Greek mythology, Poseidon lost a battle of wits against Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom and Skill. It seems that Poseidon and Athena were asked to present gifts to the citizens of Athens. Poseidon gave the Athenians rivers of salty water and maybe rolls of paper towels. Athena gave them an olive tree symbolizing peace that brought them wood, oil and food.

I am sure there is an important parallel in there somewhere. Nevertheless the East Coast is readying for a true Poseidon adventure. This one is bringing sharks! If only there were wisdom and skill.

Ask the Texas Gulf Coast from last year, these are big-ass and bad-ass storms. Stay safe.

The author of the Rime of the Ancient Mariner is Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43997/the-rime-of-the-ancient-mariner-text-of-1834

Monday, August 27, 2018 – Me and Beto

Monday, August 27, 2018 – Me and Beto

Here is my picture collage from the Beto O’Rourke rally last Saturday at the VFW Hall in Navasota, Texas. The Texas Congressman from El Paso is challenging Ted Cruz for the Senate seat.

I love taking pictures of history happening. All photos by me.

Regardless of your political viewpoints, it was refreshing to hear an articulate, issue-focused, non-blaming individual speak and LISTEN to the issues facing Texas and the nation.

I was impressed by many things, including his charisma, his energy and even his worn brown desert boots. He is very unpretentious. However, I was most impressed when Beto took a long question in Spanish from an audience member. He then responded with an equally long answer in flawless Spanish. He then translated the question and his response in English. And if that ain’t enough, the man played guitar on stage with Willie Nelson at Nelson Fourth of July picnic.

Happy Monday. Here is a shout out to a faithful reader who had a scary happening this weekend. Thankfully all is well. However, Alabama Staple Head could be your new nickname.

Next week will be the first of My Monday After College Football Awards.

Monday, June 18, 2018 – THIS IS NOT MY AMERICA!

Monday, June 18, 2018 – THIS IS NOT MY AMERICA!

I completely agree with my Twitter friend, Steve Redmond (@sjredmon) when he tweeted this today.

The day you can explain to me how psychologically torturing a 2 year old will make America great, I’ll listen. Until then you can keep your faux Christianity and misplaced idolatry of the heartless SOB in the White House.

I do not care who this offends. You do not hold children hostage. You do not put them in concentration camps. They are not political pawns. It is a POLICY, not a law and it can be changed with the stroke of pen.

Monday, June 11, 2018 – Peace in Our Time

Monday, June 11, 2018 – Peace in Our Time

For historians only:

“Good job, well done, Neville Chamberlain;

Diplomacy wins again;” 1939

“Good job, well done, Dennis Rodman

Diplomacy wins again.” 2018

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